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Ankrom v. State  (Court of Criminal Appeals of Alabama, CR-09-0395, 2011 Ala. Crim. App. LEXIS 67 )
Case Description: Challenge to criminal prosecution of Alabama woman for using drugs while pregnant.
NASW Supported: Hope Ankrom
Outcome: Lost. Court upheld conviction of chemical endangerment of a child. Appeal to Alabama S.Ct. pending.
Date Brief Filed: 9/23/2010

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Ankrom v. State of Alabama  (Supreme Court of Alabama, No. 11-10176 )
Case Description: Petition for review by state high court in a challenge to criminal prosecution of a woman who used illegal substances during pregnancy.
NASW Supported: Hope Ankrom
Outcome: Accepted for review.
Date Brief Filed: 11/18/2011

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Borden v. Thomas  (United States Supreme Court, No. 11-8303 )
Case Description: Petition for post-conviction relief in Alabama death penalty sentencing.
NASW Supported: Jeffrey Borden
Outcome: Review denied.
Date Brief Filed: 2/17/2012

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Davis v. Alabama  (Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, --- So.2d ----, 2006 WL 510508, (Ala.Crim.App., March 03, 2006) )
Case Description: Death penalty post-conviction proceeding challenging exclusion of social work expert's notebook exhibit
NASW Supported: Jimmy Davis, Jr.
Outcome: Lost on procedural grounds.
Date Brief Filed: 1/21/2005

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Court of Appeals Decision (PDF Document)

Davis v. Alabama  (Supreme Court of Alabama, --- So.2d ----, 2008 WL 5046928 (CR-03-2086) )
Case Description: Death penalty postconviction case involving a social worker's sentence mitigation report.
NASW Supported: Jimmy Davis, Jr.
Outcome: Lost. Cert. denied. Also see 2005 brief filed in Court of Criminal Appeals
Date Brief Filed: 8/26/2008

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Motion for Leave to File Amicus Brief (PDF Document)
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Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama v. Bentley  (United State District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Northeast Division, No. 5:11-cv-02484-SLB; 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 137846 )
Case Description: Request for preliminary injunction against harsh immigration policies passed by Alabama legislature as HB 56.
NASW Supported: Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama
Outcome: Mixed. Court temporarily enjoined enforcement of portions of HB 56.
Date Brief Filed: 8/5/2011

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List of Amici Organizations (PDF Document)
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Jackson v. Hobbs (see Miller v. Alabama)  (United States Supreme court, 132 S. Ct. 2455 (2012) )
Case Description: Challenge to life without parole sentencing of juveniles for homicide-related convictions.
NASW Supported: Jackson and Miller
Outcome: Favorable. Court held that mandatory life without parole sentencing of juveniles violates the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
Date Brief Filed: 1/17/2012

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Court Decision (consolidated with Miller v. Alabama) (PDF Document)
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Kimbrough v. State  (Court of Criminal Appeals of Alabama, CR-09-0485 )
Case Description: Alabama case challenging criminal prosecution of woman for continuing her pregnancy while abusing drugs and suffering a stillbirth.
NASW Supported: Kimbrough
Outcome: Appeal denied. Petition for rehearing denied. See Supreme Court of Alabama brief appeals filed in State of Alabama v. Kimbrough.
Date Brief Filed: 7/9/2010

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Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.  (United States Supreme Court, 127 S.Ct. 2162 (2007) )
Case Description: Women's pay discrimination case.
NASW Supported: Ledbetter
Outcome: Court denied relief.
Date Brief Filed: 8/31/2006

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Miller v. Alabama; Jackson v. Hobbs  (United States Supreme Court, 132 S. Ct. 2455 (2012) )
Case Description: Challenge to life without parole sentencing of juveniles convicted of homicide offenses.
NASW Supported: Miller and Jackson
Outcome: Favorable. Court held that mandatory life without parole sentencing of juveniles violates the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
Date Brief Filed: 1/18/2012

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Court Decision (consolidated with Jackson v. Hobbs) (PDF Document)
Montgomery v. Louisiana decision (PDF Document)
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New Hampshire v. Soto  (New Hampshire Supreme Court, 2013-0566 )
Case Description: Whether Miller v. Alabama, 567 U.S. __, 132 S. Ct. 2455 (2012) applies retroactively
NASW Supported: Soto
Outcome: pending
Date Brief Filed: 5/12/2014

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Shelby Co. Alabama v. Holder  (United States Supreme Court, No. 12.-96 )
Case Description: Voting Rights Act case stemming from an Alabama County's attempt to overturn the preclearance requirement before it can change voting procedures.
NASW Supported: Holder
Outcome: Unfavorable. The Court struck down Sec. 4 of the Voting Rights Act as unconstitutional.
Date Brief Filed: 2/1/2013

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Court Decision (PDF Document)

State of Alabama v. Ankrom (consolidated with State v. Kimbrough)  (Supreme Court of Alabama, No. 11-10176, 2013 Ala. LEXIS 8 )
Case Description: Opposition to criminal prosecution of women under child endangerment laws for conduct during pregnancy.
NASW Supported: Hope Ankrom
Outcome: Unfavorable. Conviction upheld. Court applied law to endangerment of an unborn child.
Date Brief Filed: 3/13/2012

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State of Alabama v. Kimbrough  (Supreme Court of Alabama, No. 11-10219 )
Case Description: Petition for certiorari in a legal challenge to the criminal prosecution of a woman for using illegal substances
NASW Supported: Amanda Kimbrough
Outcome: Accepted for review.
Date Brief Filed: 11/18/2011

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State of Alabama v. Kimbrough (consolidated with State v. Ankrom)  (Supreme Court of Alabama, No. 11-10219, 2013 Ala. LEXIS 8 )
Case Description: Opposition to criminal prosecution of woman under child endangerment law for her conduct during pregnancy.
NASW Supported: Amanda H. Kimbrough
Outcome: Unfavorable. Conviction upheld. Court applied law to endangerment of an unborn child.
Date Brief Filed: 3/13/2012

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